Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014
No. 7 UCSB vs. No. 4 California, 12 p.m.,
at Spieker Aquatics Complex
Last Meeting: L, 12-9 (Oct. 20, 2013)
Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014
No. 7 UCSB vs. No. 8 Pacific, 12 p.m.,
at Chris Kjeldsen Pool Complex
Last Meeting: L, 8-7 OT (Oct. 12, 2014)
Searching for First Conference Win
No. 7 UC Santa Barbara (9-9, 0-4 MPSF) is still in search for its first conference victory of the season. With four MPSF conference matches remaining on the schedule, Santa Barbara will look to go on a win streak to improve its record and standing in the MPSF.
Last Weekend's Clash
The Gauchos hosted then ranked No. 3 UCLA to an exciting match at Campus Pool last Sunday. The Bruins started off hot, opening the first half with a 6-1 lead over UCSB. Upsetting Stanford the day before, the Bruins continued its hot streak in the opening periods against the Gauchos. Falling behind 8- 3, UCSB went on a late fourth period rally to pull close to the Bruin lead. Despite a four goal performance in the final frame of the match, the Gauchos suffered a close 10-7 decision to UCLA.
Premier Competition This Weekend
Fourth-ranked California (19-3, 2-1 MPSF) is coming off two impressive victories over No. 10 UC Irvine and No. 11 Pepperdine. Defeating Stanford earlier in the season, 11-7, and pulling off the upset over USC with a 11-10 victory, Cal poses another great challenge for the Gauchos. Scoring an average of 15.14 goals per game, the Golden Bears have a complete arsenal of offensive firepower. Led by senior Aleksa Saponjic's 53 goals and junior Colin Mulcahy's 44 scores, UCSB will have to play stellar defense in this Saturday's action.
This Sunday's contest against eighth-ranked Pacific (12-9, 0-4 MPSF) will be the third meeting between the two teams this season. UCSB captured an impressive win over the Tigers earlier at the KAP7 Norcal Tournament. The Tigers pulled even though with a 8-7 overtime victory over UCSB at the SoCal Tourament. With both teams looking for its first conference win, the match is primed to be another close and competitive contest.
The Gauchos offense continues to spread the wealth as the team is scoring from all sorts of players. Freshman attacker Shane Hauschild remains at the top with 22 scores through 18 games. Juniors Kevin Cappon and Bryan Snyder are right behind Hauschild as both juniors have 18 goals apiece this season. Chase Racich performed well last weekend with two goals against the Bruins to bring his season total to 16 scores.
Offensively, UCSB has scored 175 goals to give the team an average of 9.72 goals per game.
Whitelegge Continues to Shine
After posting seven saves in last weekend's match against UCLA, Chris Whitelegge has a total of 160 saves thus far in the season. Ranked eighth in the MPSF for goalkeeper saves, Whitelegge proves his worth for the Gauchos defense. Along with the grand total of saves, the junior goalkeeper is tied for the team lead in steals with 15.
What is Ahead
After competing away this weekend, the Gauchos will come back home for a pair of contests next Saturday, Nov. 8. UCSB will host its Senior Day as the team will play its final home matches as part of a doubleheader against No. 11 Pepperdine and Concordia. The Gauchos will take on the Waves at noon while the match against Concordia is slated for 4 p.m.
Tickets for home men's water polo games are available by visiting the Ticket Office in the Intercollegiate Athletics Building on campus by calling (805) 893-UCSB or by clicking here.